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Review | Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix

by on October 29, 2013
 

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Putting a piece of DLC out for which the entire game is based on is an interesting concept, to say the least.

sr2However, Volition did just that by putting Enter the Dominatrix out for Saints Row IV. Originally, it was planned as a big piece of Saints Row The Third DLC that could help struggling THQ get some money, but it was decided it could be an entire game by itself.

That last statement originally raised some red flags with me going into this content. Could something that an entire game was based on still have enough content in it to be worth playing? For the gameplay itself, the answer is not really. However, the commentary may interest fans of the series to check out.

The content has only five missions that can be ran through in a bit over an hour. It features a behind-the-scenes look at the content with some of the cast of the series talking about different parts of the content. According to the DLC, it originally featured a similar storyline to SRIV, but had the Zin playing a much smaller part and the Dominatrix, a rogue computer program, controlling the world the Saints are in.

The missions are fairly simplistic, with most of them having you defeat a few waves of enemies before moving on to fight a bigger enemy or a boss. A few change things up, such as the chariot race with gimps, but you’ll still just shooting enemies along the way.

sr3Thankfully, making the missions more bearable are some good laughs along the way. The series has become known more for its comedy, and the missions don’t disappoint for the most part. One mission jokes about a huge health bar that is gone after a hit, while another jokes about having to pleasure a client, only to find out the connection between your character and client hits a bit close to home. It’s these jokes, and the crazy ending, that will leave you chuckling for a short time.

One downside the content has going against it is the overpowering of the player. By the time most people play this, they’ll probably already have beaten the game, getting all the skills and power-ups along the way. Unfortunately, the skills don’t disappear in the content, making you extremely overpowered and the game a breeze. Players looking for a challenge will be disappointed, even on a hard difficulty.

Probably the most memorable mission is the BDSM mission where you have a variety of things to do before the chariot race. However, you’ve still seen everything the missions the DLC has to offer in the regular game. Some new types of missions would have been great to get more players back into the game.

The shining moment for the content has to be the commentary between missions. The Saints gang not only breaks the fourth wall, but they completely demolish it. During the commentary, they’ll make jokes about some gameplay mechanics the DLC originally would have featured, joke about upcoming points of the content and more.

In addition, the commentary also introduces some new characters, like Donnie, who was never a part of the series before, and brings back some old characters as well. After missions, most of these missing characters can become homies to use while running around as well.

sr4Allowing the DLC to be a “behind-the-scenes” look also allows for some humorous situations with cutscenes as well. Some cutscenes are still just sketches on a paper and, in one instance, an employee using a few figures to show what’s going on. It’s a different take, but one that works for the content.

The contest does give you some new stuff to use, such as three new weapons, homies and three vehicles. However, the stuff given is all unneeded if you’re maxed out in your level. The weapons can give a short amount of fun, sure, but the vehicles will be left behind as you run around the world.

Pros

  • Commentary is good.
  • Few old characters make return.

Cons

  • Nothing new here.
  • May not be a lot of reason for some to come back.

 

Final Thoughts:

For $7, Enter the Dominatrix may seem a bit steep for those that aren’t huge fans of the series. Fans will appreciate the jokes found throughout and enjoy the few new missions added, but don’t expect anything long lasting that will hook you like the original game.

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